Our Mission & History

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A literate community prospers. RCLC is dedicated to improving the lives of adults, youth, and families by enhancing literacy and life skills.

Our vision is a literate community where all individuals lead a healthy, fulfilled life of self-reliance and dignity.

Catherine Bernhardt Safrit founded the Literacy Council in 1976 after retiring from her job as a junior high school teacher. At the time there were only 26 literacy councils in North Carolina and nearly 1 million adults with little or no reading skills. RCLC began with a group of 20 volunteers at St. Paul's Lutheran Church before relocating to the Rowan Public Library in the early 2000's.